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Polar Borealis Magazine

Literary Magazine




A two-time Aurora Award-winning semi-pro SF fiction zine devoted to inspiring and promoting beginning Canadian SF writers.

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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 3000 words max

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 2

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction

I prefer Science Fiction over Fantasy, though of course SF can include fantasy elements, so I’m flexible. Weird Fantasy would intrigue me. Also interested in Horror with SF aspects. Have a weakness for Lovecraftian Horror. Nothing obscene or ultra-violent. Idea-driven combined with character-driven would be ideal.


Max lines: 60

Max pieces: 5

Poems must be original and not previously published. No simultaneous submissions to other markets, please.

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  • Cover letter

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  • Eligibility

    Creators from a specific location / ethnic group

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  • Additional info

    Contributors must be Canadian, or at least resident in Canada. Short stories and poems can be Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror. Payment. Short stories: $10 for one thousand words or less. One cent a word for stories 1,000 words to 3,000 words in length. Poem (regardless of length–maximum 60 lines): $10. Cover art (colour or B&W): $40. In the case of short stories I do accept both reprints and multiple submissions, and don’t care if simultaneously submitted elsewhere, but this does not apply to poems. CURRENTLY CLOSED to short story submissions and closed to poetry submissions. Always open for cover art.

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